I've Got Blisters On My Fingers!
Lately, Ringo Starr isn't the only drummer around yelling that out.
All over the web in chat rooms, discussion groups, e-zines and drum
forums, fellow drummers have been asking for help and advice concerning
the blisters on their fingers and other drumming ailments.
Many solutions are kindly offered by well meaning colleagues. Suggestions
ranging from tape to drumming gloves and buckets of ice are proposed.
These well intended solutions might help, but they do not address the
questions of how did I get the blisters? and, more importantly, how can I
avoid getting blisters?
The answer the blister iue is more likely than not a technique problem.
Allowing the drumstick to slip from the fulcrum point thus causing friction that
leads to blisters. Some describe this as "holding the stick to tight". If you
grip the stick tightly with your pinkie, ring and middle fingers you create
a false fulcrum. This allows the stick to rub against the skin of your fore finger
and thumb causing blisters. Blisters can also occur on the palm side of you knuckles.
A simple solution to the blister problem is The Pinch Pal®!
Designed to prevent the drumstick from slipping, The Pinch Pal®
allows the drummer to memorize the pinch pressure and fulcrum point
needed for effortless finger control technique.
Once you have mastered finger control and fulcrum point, the sky
is the limit on how good your technique can get. Not to mention
no more pain from blisters!.
Practice with the Pinch Pal® in place and see your speed,
stamina and overall chops improve while fatigue, problem blisters
and pain disappear.